As much as I love all things tech, I have been utterly uninterested in the smartwatch craze. It feels like a bit of redundant technology, of course: why do you need one, exactly, when we’ve already replaced our watches with smartphones? But the real reason is the design. For me, most of the smartwatches that were the hot tickets at CES this year look remarkably like the Hello Kitty watches that came in Happy Meals during that dark time my daughter would only eat chicken nuggets.
Until this week, when the design of the incredibly beautiful Moto 360 by Google was revealed. It’s amazing how much a round design improves the look of a smartwatch.
It’s Android powered, so you can expect a fair amount of apps to be created for the Moto 360. Interestingly, it doesn’t have a camera, making it the first smartwatch to abandon that idea (I heartily approve; at a conference I watched someone struggle for five minutes to take a picture with me using their watch; it wasn’t pretty).
It’s coming this summer, apparently. I must confess I’m eager to see it in person and I bet it will end up on a lot of Father’s Day gift lists. Watch the video below to learn more about how this watch was created. Pretty cool.